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Philanthropy 201: Three Part Series

Philanthropy 201 is a three-module funder cohort series that helps staff in philanthropy deepen understanding of themselves and their role within the social sector. Designed as a companion to the Philanthropy 101 series, Philanthropy 201 explores the next level of what it means to work (and lead) in the philanthropic sector. The primary goals of this virtual, interactive course are to provide participants with:
  • approaches to shifting power
  • practical ways of applying an equity and inclusion lens to their work
  • practical tools that can support their effectiveness in their role
  • access to leaders within the field of philanthropy
  • an exploration of leadership at all levels in an organization in addition to the leadership role funders can play beyond grantmaking

Philanthropy 201 takes place over three weekday mornings that run from mid-April 2024 through late-May 2024. This cohort series is relevant to staff in any position at a grantmaking organization. Each module builds on the previous one and themes are connected throughout the series. Participants are expected to attend the entire series. Additionally, participants are expected to engage in post-presentation discussion groups with an assigned Learning Pod to explore content/presentation topics more deeply. These will last for 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of closing conversation.

*Presenters for each module will be announced as they are confirmed.

Specifically designed with Philanthropy 101 as a foundation

This cohort series is open to the entire range of roles within the field, e.g., Program Staff, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Human Resources Director, Trustee, among others.

Members of Philanthropy Massachusetts, Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island (GCRI) or Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC): $250 Non-members: $400

Twenty percent discount applies if more than one individual sign up from an organization. There is a limit of three registrants per organization. Space permitting, we will welcome additional participants.

The series provides opportunities for:
  • Skill-building and learning from leaders and experts in the field
  • Meaningful connections through peer group discussions and  Learning Pods (pre-determined small peer working groups to continue the conversation after the presentation segment. Presentations will go from 9am - 11am, followed by a short break, and then working groups will meet from 11:15am - 11:45am and close out with 15 minutes of full group conversation)
  • Enhanced knowledge of the field
  • Unlimited access to session materials and recordings
  • ...and more!

2024 Modules

Module 1: What’s your POWER?
Thursday, April 11, 2024, 9am - Noon
Explores the power philanthropic practitioners hold in their role and how participants can acknowledge and lead from that understanding. Participants will dive deeper into power dynamics that exist within the field, and ways to address the inherent differences between those who deploy resources (beyond dollars) and those seeking resources.


Module 2: Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 9am - Noon
Offers a space for participants to dive deeper into their personal and organization's role in diversity, equity and inclusion work, and how philanthropy, as a whole, can move the needle on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Module 3: Leading in the Field
Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 9am - Noon
This module will focus on personal leadership, managing up, and an exploration of leadership at all levels of a philanthropic organization.

Philanthropy Massachusetts has designed and curated the curriculum for Philanthropy 201, primarily based on an audit of Philanthropy 101 conducted Fall 2022 and informed by participant feedback.
Zoom information for each module will be sent via email in advance of the session.